Living in Swansea as a student
The city of Swansea is, fittingly for its name, a beautiful coastal city located within Wales, UK. About three-quarters of the city is bordered by the sea, and it is split into four regions that encompass moorland, rural areas, and the coastal area. An hour away from Cardiff by train, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales with over 245,000 residents. The city has two universities; Swansea University has about 20,000 students while the University of Wales Trinity Saint David teaches about 9,700 students.
During the Industrial Revolution, Swansea was known for its copper-smelting areas, earning the name Copperpolis. In current day, Swansea has a strong service sector economy, especially in areas such as education, health and banking. The city has a number of well-known beaches around Swansea Bay, which include Oxwich Bay and Llangennith Beach. Many tourists come to the city for sailing, water skiing, surfing and other watersports. At the same time, Swansea has many theatres, including the Grand Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Theatre, the latter of which was named after the famed poet who live and worked in the city. Historical landmarks include the ruins of Swansea Castle, the Tabernacle Chapel at Morriston, and the Swansea Guildhall. Swansea has a wide variety of pubs, bars, clubs, and restaurants that cater to students and residents, and has hosted many popular music festivals.
Swansea University has two campuses; the main Park Campus at the traditional Singleton Park campus grounds, 3km west of city centre, and the Bay Campus at Crymlyn Burrows. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has many campuses across different cities, with the Swansea campus located near city centre. Popular student accommodation areas tend to be located in the Brynmill, Uplands, Sketty and Sandfields areas across the city.